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April 2018 News-Updated
Published on Apr 2, 2018 19:05

April 2018 News

 An Easter Prayer

Jesus is risen!
He is risen indeed!

May this declaration 
resound not only in these walls
but touch the lives 
of all we meet
and forever be 
the truth of which we speak.
Your love, 
once sown within a garden,
tended for your own people,
neglected and rejected,
now spreads its sweet perfume
in this place
and wherever it is shown.

Jesus is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Discovering Jesus in Easter

The many secular Easter traditions we have were once meaningful ways to celebrate the good news that Jesus rose from the dead. Here are a few:

Easter Lilies

Using white lilies as Easter decorations in homes and churches came in to practice in the 1800s. The white flower is a symbol of purity. The lily’s trumpet- like shape heralds the triumph of Jesus over death.

The Easter Bunny

The Pennsylvania Dutch introduced the tradition of an Oschter Haws, or Easter Hare, who brought coloured eggs to good children on Easter morning. Like the decorated eggs, the bunny was a symbol of celebration and new life in Christ.


Coloured Eggs

Eggs were a pagan symbol of rebirth at springtime. Christians adopted the egg as a symbol of the new life that comes with the Resurrection. Dying eggs in bright colours became popular during the middle Ages. Use a crayon to draw a cross or another symbol of God’s love.

Easter Baskets

This tradition began in Eastern Europe where people brought food that would be eaten on Easter Sunday to church in a basket for a special blessing on Holy Saturday.

The Easter Candle

The candle represents the light of Christ, which has overcome the darkness. Start your own family tradition by using a white pillar candle as your family’s Easter candle. Encourage your children to decorate the candle with stickers or markers.

Light the candle before dinner every evening during the Easter season.

Arrive on Time

Being on time is so important for academic success!

When children arrive at school on time, in calm and positive manner, instead of rushed and stressed from the journey, they will be more receptive to learning while building positive habits for their future.  In addition, arriving on time will also avoid interruptions to the learning of their classmates.



                          Kindergarten Registration

It’s Registration Time

Getting Ready for Kindergarten 

Starting Kindergarten is an exciting and special time for parents and children. Our entire Catholic school community looks forward to welcoming our youngest students as they begin a lifelong journey of faith-filled learning. We believe there is something truly unique and special about learning that is rooted in faith and spiritual growth. By choosing a faith-filled education, we know you will share that belief with us.

We encourage parents who are looking to register their child for Kindergarten to please contact Mrs. Smith at (705) 435-3989 to get a Kindergarten package. You can also find all of the information on our board’s website

Catholic Education Week 2017/2018

This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is “Renewing the Promise.”


The theme for CEW 2018 draws upon previous documents on Ontario Catholic education, namely, “This Moment of Promise” (1989), “Fulfilling the Promise” (1993) and “Our Catholic Schools” (2006-2007). These three documents, while several years apart from each other, all speak of the unique mission of Ontario Catholic education, the importance of its shared leadership by all those involved in Catholic education and the critical role of Catholic education in contemporary society.


Catholic Education Week 2018 combines the themes of reconciliation, solidarity, love, justice and ecology.


There are five sub-themes for each day of Catholic Education Week:


Day 1: Remembering the Promise

Faire mémoire de la promesse

Day 2: The Promise is Within You

La promesse est en toi

Day 3: Praying the Promise

Prier la promesse

Day 4: Living the Promise

Vivre la promesse

Day 5: Proclaiming the Promise

Annoncer la promesse


Every year, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) provides our Catholic schools with a resource kit to help schools prepare for Catholic Education Week. Using these resources as well as our own developed activities, we have prepared a series of activities which will highlight how our school is Renewing the Promise.


We hope to see many of you during our school celebrations.

EQAO Assessment 2017/2018

Every student in Grade 3 and 6 in the province of Ontario will participate in the provincial assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics. It will take place between May 22nd and June 4th, for all students in Grade 3 and Grade 6. Could you please avoid booking dental, doctor appointments or vacations during this time.  Please also discuss with your child the importance of these assessments and encourage them to do their very best.

Criminal Background Checks

With the school trips starting soon, please see information below regarding CBCs.


It is SMCDSB policy that parent volunteer must secure a satisfactory CBC with vulnerable screening prior to commencing any volunteer work.  Once a CBC with vulnerable sector screening has been submitted it is the volunteer’s responsibility to update their CBC data on an annual basis by completing an Annual Declaration.


If you are thinking about volunteering at Holy Family for 2017/2018 school year and have not submitted a satisfactory CBC or have not been updating your CBC on an annual basis you are encouraged to complete your CBC check as soon as possible as the process does take some time.  Please note that you will not be able to volunteer at the school or attend field trips unless this documentation has been submitted to the office.   If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the main office.

                        School and Church Parking Lot

Parents please exercise caution when entering, dropping off and exiting the St. Paul’s church parking lot and our School parking lot. It is helpful when we are all conscious of the children’s proximity to our vehicles when entering, starting our cars and leaving. By taking care to be safe we are ensuring that we, as a school community, are doing our part to ensure that safety is our number one priority for all the children.  Thank you for your support.


Spring Fling Details

Link to Spring Fling Details:Spring Fling2018.pdf